8 pieces of brocades are 8 individual mindful movements (exercises) that is practiced like in a silken and smooth way. Over time the breath will be deep so you want to coordinate the slow movement to sync in with the breath.
The 8 Brocades’ history and origin are still unclear but we have an idea that it was mentioned in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) text. What is clear is that the practice has helped many practitioner improve their overall well being, balance, strength, focus and concentration, to name a few. Today, there are many 8 Brocade traditions and forms but its essence remain the same. Here’s a version I’d learn while living in southern China.
Enjoy your practice. May your practice flourish in happiness and joy,